Deepak Chahar has been drafted in India’s Asian Cup squad instead of Avesh Khan© AFP
Pacer Avesh Khan has been banned from competing in the rest of the Asian Cup due to fever-related illness, a senior BCCI official confirmed the development on Tuesday. Sear Deepak Chahar, who was on standby for the tournament, has been called up. “Avesh has a fever and he also has sinus related problems that have escalated after his illness. It will not be possible for him to continue in the tournament. Deepak Chahar is already here and he will be drafted into the main squad,” a senior said. BCCI source to PTI under conditions of anonymity. Avesh has been in bad shape since the tour of the West Indies and Indian team management worries mounted after he was hit for more than 50 runs by Hong Kong batters.
He was ruled out of the Pakistan match due to a fever, but coach Rahul Dravid had expected him to be fit for the remaining matches.
With Avesh’s sinusitis issues on the rise, the medical team had no choice but to rule him out.
However, in Chahar, India has a very powerful swing bowler, who has a knack for picking wickets in Powerplay overs.
He recently made a comeback during the Zimbabwe tour where he played two 50 matches.
As the Asia Cup roster was announced before the Zimbabwe tour, the selectors were unable to pick him into the primary roster as his match fitness had not been proven at the time.
“In any case, Deepak’s comeback was only a matter of time as before the injury he was ahead of the pecking order compared to Avesh. Yes, it’s an unfortunate circumstance that our fast bowler is out and we hope Avesh is fit for the Australian series.” said the source.
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